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Courts continue to weigh HHS mandate

Courts continue to weigh HHS mandate

| Patricia Zapor | February 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Supreme Court is involved in two types of issues related to claims by employers who say they should not have to provide coverage of contraceptives in their workers’ health insurance plans because it violates the employers’ faith-based moral objections.

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Being accountable to the people we serve

Being accountable to the people we serve

| Bishop Lee Piché | February 13, 2014

The financial information contained in this edition of The Catholic Spirit and posted online covers the 2013 and 2012 fiscal years, which ended on June 30, 2013 and 2012. Thanks to you, support for ministry across this local Church remains strong. Local Catholics’ steadfast support for ministry to fulfill the mission of the Church speaks to the unwavering faith of those who make up this local Church. Catholics understand that the tragic moral failure of a few does not define who we are as Catholics.

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The United Nations: Caring for Children or Caring for Culture Warriors

The United Nations: Caring for Children or Caring for Culture Warriors

| Sister Mary Ann Walsh | February 6, 2014 | 1 Comment

Sexual abuse of a minor is a sin and a crime and no organization can become complacent about addressing it. The Catholic Church has certainly done more than any other international organization to face the problem and it will continue to lead in doing so.

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Girl Scout cookies: To buy, or not to buy?

Girl Scout cookies: To buy, or not to buy?

| February 5, 2014 | 11 Comments

Who would have thought that buying cookies would require moral deliberation?

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Changing the music, but not the message

Changing the music, but not the message

| John Garvey | January 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

So what explains the pope’s popularity, even in matters sartorial, in the face of these secularizing trends and growing public embarrassment over religiosity?

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Why goodness depends on God

Why goodness depends on God

| Father Robert Barron | January 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

One of the commonest observations made by opponents of religion is that we don’t need God in order to have a coherent and integral morality.

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An effort to end modern-day slavery

An effort to end modern-day slavery

| January 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Human trafficking is a scourge that each year impacts thousands of vulnerable women, men and children who come to the United States searching for a better life but wind up as modern-day slaves.

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A Valentine’s gift that could save someone’s life

A Valentine’s gift that could save someone’s life

| January 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

This year, if you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day gift for a family member or friend, you may consider giving chocolate — it just might help save someone’s life.

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Youth on fire

Youth on fire

| Bishop Lee Piché | January 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

The weather in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Jan. 22 was not quite as cold as it was in St. Paul, but it was plenty cold. And a strong wind blew across the Mall where an estimated crowd of 400,000 people had assembled for the rally and March for Life.

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Tuition costs down, enrollment up at Faribault school

Tuition costs down, enrollment up at Faribault school

| January 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pastor credits community’s ‘deep faith’

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USA Today gets religious freedom right

USA Today gets religious freedom right

| Sister Mary Ann Walsh | January 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

With its recent editorial “Obamacare overreach tramples Little Sisters of the Poor,” USA Today joins the Chicago Tribune among the mainstream print outlets to “get it” when it comes to religious freedom.

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God so loved the world

God so loved the world

| Deacon Mickey Friesen | January 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Being Catholic means that I am part of a global reality and called to participate in God’s mission to the ends of the earth.

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